Who Are You: My Name is Chris Goscha (Go-sha). Most people seem to pronounce it as Gos-cha upon seeing it for the first time. Most of my friends call me by my last name or some related version of it... I live west of Denver in Lakewood a few miles east of Red Rocks Amphitheater. I have become an active forum member and can be a compulsive poster as you may recognize. I figured I should probably get around to doing a bio since I am on the forum quite often. I am usually looking for advice or feedback as I consider myself an intermediate brewer. Brewing has been a basic evolution from enjoying craft beer to making it.
My two main hobbies right now center around beer (brewing, visiting breweries, craft beer) and music. I am guitar player/songwriter and a huge fan of most types of music. I listen to anything from jazz to progressive metal to techno. I am currently in a studio recording project with a drummer where we are working to complete a full length professional album with a lot of feature musicians. I enjoy the outdoors however am finding it quite difficult to make time for my normal camping and hiking with an 18 month old son.
Home Town: Lakewood
Homebrew Club: none
I've been a homebrewer since: 2009?
Do you have a homebrewing disaster you'd like to share? Nothing out of the ordinary. Some infected batches. Some overly experimental batches that had me questioning what the hell I was thinking (still do those from time to time).
What is your favorite style(s) to brew? For some reason, my lighter colored/bodied beers seem to come out best. Kolsch, American Wheat, Blonde. A lot of my beers are traditional styles with a twist where I will switch out one ingredient or do something slightly different to make it unique.
What style(s) will you never brew? I can’t say never especially since my beer palate has been expanding a lot lately. If I had to choose, I would have to say that I will never brew a smoked beer of any sort.
What was the first beer you ever brewed? How did it turn out? A modified APA extract kit. We threw in some simcoe when it was the new, hot hop variety. It turned out great and instantly got me hooked on brewing. After transitioning to all-grain, I tried to duplicate without luck…I should give it another try again soon.
Have you ever had a homebrew mistake that turned out great? Probably but can’t think of any right now.
What is your favorite beer recipe? I honestly don’t think I have one. I try to keep my recipes pretty simple and have success with 3 malts in a lot styles that I brew.
Are you a BJCP Judge? If so, what is your rank and how long have you been judging? I am not a judge
Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that you've found to make your beer better/brewing easier, etc? Nothing that hasn’t been discussed at length. Water treatment seems to have taken my beer to the next level. I do everything in a primary fermenter or in the keg and don’t feel that a secondary is necessary except for maybe aging purposes. Paint strainer bags to filter before fermenting, dry hops, fruit,etc. is a good one I learned here.
Describe your brew system. I brew 5 gallon batches on your basic 10 gallon round cooler with false bottom, brew kettle, and propane burner. I usually ferment in a 30L Speidel but will use buckets if necessary. I have built an insulated fermentation chamber that can heat in the winter and cool in the summer. It’s not as ideal as a chest freezer but seems to work pretty well for my purposes and is much better than having no control. I have been making small upgrades to my equipment and process over time which has seemed to impact the final product
How frequently do you brew (times/month or /year)? I seem to brew every 3 weeks pretty consistently.
What is your favorite malt? Why? Right now I would have to say Schill Pilsner or Schill Light Munich are my favorites. They pretty much end up in everything that I brew right now. I really enjoy a nice clean malt character that is not overly sweet. The usage of specialty malts is quite limited in most of my batches that are not dark beers.
What is your favorite hop? Why? It depends on what I am trying to achieve. I use Magnum for bittering in pretty much everything. I use a variety of hops but none often enough to really have a favorite. I have grown to like Palisade hops quite a bit because it of it's wide range of applications. It's kind of like my cascades.
Do you have a favorite or house yeast? What qualities do you like about that yeast? My 3 main yeasts are US05, S04, and WLP029 however I use T58 and W34/70 from time to time and others occasionally (3711). For most styles that I brew, I am not looking for a strong yeast character. I will start to branch out to other yeasts at some point. Right now I am more about making decent beer that is repeatable.
What haven't we asked that you would really like to answer?
If you could serve your homebrew to someone famous, who would it be and what would you give her/him? Famous is relative is far as I am concerned. I would like to serve Casey Crescenzo a Golsch. I will try to think up a proper famous person...maybe John Elway (big Broncos fan)
Can you send a picture or two of some labels you've created for your homebrew? I have a couple labelled bottles laying around. I will snap a couple of pics of beers I have given away at my wedding and at xmas.
What's the most unusual ingredient you've ever used in a brew? Sake yeast. It made a great Asian influenced beer and I need to try it again...
Do you have any pets or kids named after beer styles or ingredients? Not yet. A lot involve my last name; GoschaLagerBier, Goschafest, Golsch
How many medals have you won from homebrew competitions? I think I have entered a total of 3 comps in 6 years. I plan to enter more (hopefully a couple this summer). I have won 1 blue ribbon for an American Strong Ale I brewed. I would like to enter more competitions but find it challenging to prepare and package successfully from the keg.
Do you brew alone, with friends or with someone you live with? I brew alone. For the most part it is a pretty solitary hobby for me. Sometimes I consider a club to get more feedback from others like me but it’s hard to find the time for that. That is probably why I am on the forum so much. I have some good friends that are heavily into craft beer but mainly drink the hoppy stuff and don’t seem to appreciate my beer. My wife and I drink 95% of what I brew however there are a lot of styles that she does not care for.
Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer? Garage with iTunes to my trusty wireless speaker. My setup is not ideal yet so I am running in and out of the house constantly which creates some challenges.
List some of the names you've given your beers. Which is your favorite?
Walter Wit – pineapple, citra hops, habanero
Chester Copperpot - American Strong
Dartmouth Ave – last batch from my last house. American Blonde with lime zest and lemongrass
Iliff Ave – First batch from my current house. Has evolved into an Altish type of beer
The Darkness – …Dave Chappelle’s Rick James skit